The options available in today’s dentistry can provide elegant solutions to the issues of tooth loss and its associated problems.
Where tooth loss has occurred, dentures are a suitable and popular method of alleviating the problem, and can be implemented in a number of different ways, with varying degrees of complexity in their procedural technique.
Patients can experience far reaching benefits from the use of dentures, with improvements made in chewing ability, aesthetic appeal, speech and their overall sense of self-esteem.
If you have suffered from complete tooth loss then you may be in need of a full denture, to effectively reinstate the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your mouth. However, if you are suffering to a lesser extent, with the issue of limited tooth loss, then you may only require a partial denture.
Partial dentures can be used to replace as little as one tooth and are generally removable.
While some patients will opt to resolve their minor tooth loss issues with the use of crowns and bridges, a partial denture is a suitable option for those patients who lack the necessary support in their surrounding teeth for the crown and bridge treatment, or who require the financial benefit that partial dentures can offer in comparison to other, more costly options.
Where oral condition warrants the extraction of any remaining teeth, the process of receiving replacement full dentures will generally involve several stages.
Initially, after assessment of the oral situation an impression is taken of the jaws, using an elastic material and an alignment of the upper and lower jaw is recorded. Once a resulting wax model has been crafted, a ‘try-in’ stage is undergone, during which the final denture will be fit to ensure its correct function, aesthetic appeal and level of comfort. After the correct fit has been achieved, this temporary model is then constructed into its final composition and placed within the mouth for reinstated function and cosmetic satisfaction.
Dentures can be made from a variety of materials including acrylic and chrome-cobalt.
Acrylic: is a complimentary material used within the mouth, as it allows for comfort and can be made to look very natural.
‘Valplast’: is a flexible, gum coloured, nylon acrylic material that is used at Pyrmont, often utilised for our partial denture procedures. The material is extremely comfortable to wear, with little or no need to include clasps for stabilising the denture, once positioned in the mouth.
Chrome cobalt: is a material that has been traditionally used in dental practice and is an extremely effective alloy. The nature of this material allows for a high degree of comfort, strength and durability and often provides increased longevity in the function of the denture. As such, it is generally regarded as a more cost-effective option to the acrylic counterparts, which may require replacement after time.
Dentures are made, in all instances, from biocompatible materials that are designed to look and feel natural within the mouth. Their function as replacements to original teeth is upheld by a systematic approach to ensuring that the correct colour match is made against existing oral composition and that a set of beautiful, functional new teeth are the ultimate end result.
If there is anything which you would like to enquire about further, regarding the treatments that we have on offer, or if you would like to arrange an appointment with Dr Sun, then please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will do their best to help you.
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